Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Virtual Book Tour: Author Interview: From My Mama's Kitchen by Johnny Tan

Hello, Therians!
Welcome back to my second stop in the Virtual Book Tour for Johnny Tan's From My Mama's Kitchen.
If you want to know more about the tour head on over to the JKSCommunications website.

I have to admit that it's quite intimidating to have such an accomplished and powerful person on my blog. But more so, it is a huge honor!
I'd like to take a moment to thank Johnny for taking time out of his busy schedule for this interview.  

1.      Tell us a bit about yourself.

First and foremost, thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts and celebrate Mother’s Day with you and your followers. Adopted at birth by my Malaysian mom, I spent the first 18 years learning from her. Among the many things she taught me, everyone of us holds a seed of greatness—the key to success in life. The importance of this seed is the essence that develops our dreams, goals and wishes.

At 18 I came to the United States to attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where I began to meet my eight other moms. I met them one at a time over a period of the next 18 years. They represented my teachers, coaches, and counselors, always available to listen to my ideas and console me during need. Most of my 9 moms have since passed away, but each of them has left me with a valuable lesson that collectively formed the basis of my success.

Because of my business achievements and my 9 moms, I was spiritually guided to compose From My Mamaʼs Kitchen to honor my moms and mothers everywhere. The book was released with the endorsement of the National Association of Mothers’ Centers. The bookʼs success lead me to establish a powerful platform. I launched my consulting and speaking career to teach strategies on how to use the power of unconditional love to attain harmony. Today, I am a featured host of a weekly Internet radio program, FMMK Talk Radio, which ranks in the top .1% of Blog Talk Radioʼs most popular shows. Guests have included The New York Times number one best-selling authors and experts from the U.S. and other countries.

2.      You’re a motivational speaker, business consultant, author and talk show host, how do you manage to find balance in your life?

I approach each of these endeavors with passion. Whenever you are passionate about what you do, a career becomes a hobby. My radio show airs once a week. My consulting platform and speaking messages share similar materials derived from my book.

3.      If you weren’t any of the things I mentioned in my previous question, what would you be doing?

All my past and current careers have involve the service of others. I am sure I will continue to be involved in helping people.

4.      Tell us more about your organization.

From My Mama’s Kitchen® is based in Dallas, Texas. My organization is dedicated to educate, inspire, and entertain everyone with training programs and seminars. My  topics are designed to help move individuals and organizations into action using the power of unconditional love as potent leadership. All programs presented deliver helpful guidance, and practical strategies to teach and motivate clients to live a life of conscious choice through self empowerment, leaving a legacy of love.

5.      Your multi-award winning book, From My Mama’s Kitchen – food for the soul, recipes for living, is inspired by your 9 moms, tell us more about them and why you wrote this book.

I wrote the book to pay tribute to my 9 moms and honor moms everywhere. What started as a project of collecting recipes evolved over seven years into a collection of 30 timeless recipes for living I received from my 9 moms. The book reminds each of us that a strong home team supports us in our efforts of learning and growing. It rekindles those incredible feelings we shared with our mothers and those we considered as mothers. Strong feelings of well being help build lasting relationships. When love is given without regard to conditions it provides us with the empowerment that drives our ambition to succeed.

I was adopted at birth in Malaysia by my Malaysian Mom. At 18 I came to the United States to attend LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I met my Southern Belle Mom. She was the host family for me. Later that Summer, I met my Italian Foster Mom in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. I met my next three moms when I started working. My Sanguine Savannahan Mom and I met when I was on a business trip to Savannah, Georgia. My Texan Earthly Mom and I met when I engaged her employment agency to recruit managers for the company I worked for. I met my Spiritual and Progressive Mom at a business meeting in Hammond, Louisiana. I met my last three moms during my leisure time in the ballroom dancing community. My Ballroom Instructor Mom taught me ballroom dancing. I met my Cajun Mom when we danced the jitterbug/swing at a ballroom dance event in Baton Rouge. My German Mom and I met at a ballroom show dance.


6.      What is the message you are hoping your readers will take away from, From My Mama’s Kitchen?

The book gives the readers a chance to recall those magical loving moments they shared with their mothers. It is this unconditional motherly love that makes us who we are. The book speaks from the heart with solutions, skills and wisdom to assist the readers to become better teachers, coaches and counselors to their loved ones. It will inspire and motivate them.

7.      Do you accredit most, if not all, of your success to your amazing moms?

From birth to the present, these women taught me to be a more conscientious human being. In simple yet profound ways these treasured women will forever occupy a special place in my heart.


8.      What is the most important piece of advice you have ever been given?

Throughout my life’s journey, I will continue to encounter new experiences. Good or bad, some of these experiences, will stay with me for the rest of our life. How I manage them will ultimately determine my perception of success or failure in both my personal and professional life.

9.      When you’re not writing, motivating people, or hosting your talk radio show, what do you do to relax?

I participate in ballroom dancing, go to the movies, walk and ride my bicycle around the park to relax. 

10.  Are you working on any special projects at the moment?

Yes, I am currently speaking and conducting workshops about a recipe for building lasting relationships. This topic embraces the vision of all corporate, civic and church organizations.

Engaging and building relationships demands a thorough understanding of the mechanics involved in establishing connections. This knowledge gives attendees a fresh perspective on their pursuit of being better human beings. A relationship built on mutual respect and admiration results in harmony and enriches human life. This is the essence of my recipe for building lasting relationships. This recipe is derived from the content of my book, From My Mama's Kitchen-"food for the soul, recipes for living."

The workshop will teach attendees how to effectively use three ingredients: authenticity, humility, and speaking from the heart, for build lasting relationships. 


From My Mama’s Kitchen book is dedicated to the realization and mastery of the power of unconditional love as potent leadership. It offers a wealth of wisdom, practical living skills, and effective communication techniques.  The book reveals 30 timeless recipes for living, ranging from the power of relationships to the nature of love and the meaning of life brought to the reader in the nurturing comfort of a kitchen setting. From the virtue of spiritual awareness to self-actualization, Johnny Tan’s 9 moms have nourished him with their wisdom to become a person defined by his thoughts and actions.

Released with the endorsement of the National Association of Mothers’ Centers, the book has won five awards: Mom’s Choice Awards, Mr. Dad Seal of Recognition, Publisher’s Choice Awards by Family Magazine Group, International Book Awards, and National Indie Excellence Book Awards. The book also made the Amazon Best Seller List in the following categories: Parenting & Family Relationships: Parent and Adult Child, Self Help: Spiritual and Motivational, and Cooking, Food & Wine: Essay.
Designed as a keepsake for all occasions, meant to last and inspire forever. The book has a dedication page for readers to inscribe their own loved one’s name, and a space where readers can record their recipes for living.  At the end of the book, Johnny incorporates nine of his favorite food recipes.

Get your copy today!


Amazon Best Seller Lists
Parenting & Family Relationship: Parent and Adult Child
Self Help: Spiritual and Motivational
Cooking, Food & Wine: Essay


International Book Awards: Spirituality/Inspirational, and National Indie Excellence Book Awards: Inspiration


Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient: Inspirational/Motivational, Mr. Dad Seal of Recognition, and Publisher’s Choice Award by Family Magazine Group

Are you wondering how Johnny Tan managed to have 9 moms?? Check out this video...


Johnny Tan lived a life of unconditional love for the last 33 years. His journey began when he started college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Adopted at birth by his Malaysian mom, he realized the rich spiritual connections that resulted from meeting his foster mom in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and 7 other women who would play important roles in his life. They represented his teachers, coaches, and counselors. Guided by his business achievements and his 9 moms, Johnny experienced the passion to compose From My Mamaʼs Kitchen to honor his moms and mothers everywhere. Released with the endorsement of the National Association of Mothers’ Centers, the book has won five awards and made the Amazon Best Seller List in several categories.
The bookʼs success lead Johnny to establish a powerful platform. He launched his consulting and speaking career to teach strategies on how to use the power of unconditional love to attain harmony. Johnny is also a featured host of a weekly Internet radio program, FMMK Talk Radio, which ranks in the top .1% of Blog Talk Radioʼs most popular shows. Guests have included The New Times number one best-selling authors and experts from the U.S. and other countries.
Johnny’s leadership experience extends from being a former corporate executive for eight years to owning his own business. He also served his community as chairman of Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitor Bureau in 2001, commissioner of Baton Rouge Sister Cities Commission in 2000, chairman of Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Committee in 1998, as well as chairman of Project Baton Rouge 2020—a Vision of Opportunity with a World of Possibility in 1997, and president of Louisiana Restaurant Association Baton Rouge Chapter in 1995.
Vision and Mission Statement
Johnny believes the best way to know him is through his personal vision and mission statement, which he composed in January 1996.
For Myself: Using my gift of creativity and imagination, I will continue to invent the future by expressing my visions courageously in words and actions. I will always be a professional – honoring integrity, justice, kindness, and will always be humble and have a sense of humor in everything I do.
For My Family: They are my treasure. I will always promote and take the lead in building healthy and loving relationships that allow each of us to become his or her best.
For My Professional Life: I will create a learning environment that is fair and honest. I will cultivate and inspire others to greatness and success by acting as a catalyst in a shared vision.
For My Community: I am committed to enriching the lives of all who cross my path. I will let potent leadership permeate through the community. I will join hands with my brothers and sisters respecting everyone’s rights. I will support the people I represent, and endeavor to bolster their spirits and the good of the community.


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